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Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 8:00 p.m. ET
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Rangers: 1-4-0 (2 pts)
Capitals: 2-4-0 (4 pts)
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center (8:00 p.m. — TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their first of three straight divisional matchups. The Blueshirts enter the contest having been defeated by the Blues, 5-3, on Saturday at St. Louis, and are now 1-4-0 (2 pts) this season. The Capitals enter the contest with a 2-4-0 (4 pts) record, following a 4-2 win on Monday against Edmonton. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), as they continue their season-opening nine game road trip.
RANGERS vs. CAPITALS:
All-Time: 87-86-18-6 overall (48-38-9-3 at home; 39-48-9-3 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Verizon Center.
Last Season: New York was 2-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including one game that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Capitals, 5-0, after the first period, and out-shot Washington, 102-81, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-9 (33.3%), while their penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters with three goals, while Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash tied for the series-high with three assists apiece. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists) and Brad Richards (one goal, two assists) also tallied three points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and .942 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .966 Sv%.
The Blueshirts are 4-1-0 in their last five games at Washington, having out-scored the Capitals, 19-9, over the span
The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 10 meetings with the Capitals, dating back to a 7-0 win on Dec. 12, 2010. New York has posted a 7-2-1 record and has out-scored Washington, 34-19, during the stretch.
New York is 1-4-0 on the road; Washington is 2-2-0 at home
New York is 0-0-0 vs. divisional opponents; Washington is 0-1-0 vs. divisional opponents
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CAPITALS: Henrik Lundqvist – 24 GP, 14-7-3, 2.66 GAA, 3 SO; Brad Richards – 53 GP, 9-29-38; Ryan Callahan – 21 GP, 9-7-16; Rick Nash – 12 GP, 7-8-15; Marc Staal – 18 GP, 1-6-7
Power Play: The Rangers were 2-5 (7:03) on Saturday at St. Louis. New York ranks 10th in the NHL overall (4-17, 23.5%), and ninth on the road (4-17, 23.5%). The Rangers are 2-2 (0:48) in five-on-three situations (last – 10/12 at STL), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 4-6 (5:27) on Saturday at St. Louis. New York ranks 22nd in the NHL overall (15-20, 75.0%), and are tied for 16th on the road (15-20, 75.0%). The Rangers are 1-1 (1:04) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/10 at ANA), and 0-0 (0:00) when three-on-four. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York yielded one goal in two four-on-four situations (3:05) on Saturday at St. Louis, and are now -3 in four four-on-four situations (7:05) this season. Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).
GETTING STARTED: The Rangers have posted a record of 286-277-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-118-49 mark at home and a 109-159-45 record on the road. New York (1-4-0) is scheduled to play 12 games during the season’s opening month in 2013-14.
Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month.
The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month. Henrik Lundqvist has recorded 36 career wins during the month of October.
New York has posted two, seven-game winning streaks in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games during the season’s opening month in 2009-10 (Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto) and 1988-89 (Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver to Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh).
ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers are in the midst of a nine-game road trip to begin their 2013-14 regular season campaign. The trip will establish a franchise record for longest road trip to start the season, breaking the old record of seven games set in 2011-12. It will also tie the franchise mark for longest road trip overall, established during the 1955-56 season. The Blueshirts are slated to open their home schedule on Oct. 28 against Montreal, their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).
NEW (AND FAMILIAR) FACES: Benoit Pouliot and Jesper Fast (NHL debut) made their Rangers debut in the season opener on Oct. 3 at Phoenix, while Justin Falk made his Rangers debut on Oct. 12 at St. Louis. In addition, Dominic Moore returned to the Rangers lineup after skating with the Blueshirts from 2003-04 to 2005-06, and Derek Dorsett made his regular season debut after skating in 11 playoff contests with the Rangers last season.
COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,947 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just 53 games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.
FINISHING THE JOB: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 93 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 87-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period last season.
BACK-TO-BACKS: The Rangers split their first of 13 back-to-back sets this season, with a 3-1 win on Oct. 7 at Los Angeles and a 9-2 loss on Oct. 8 at San Jose. New York posted a combined record of 7-4-1 in back-to-back games last season, including a 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road) record in the first game and a 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road) mark in the second. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 66 times in his career, posting a record of 41-18-7 with a 2.03 GAA, .931 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game.
THE HOT LIST:
Brad Richards – five points (four goals, one assist) in the last four games
Derek Stepan – five assists in the last five games
Derick Brassard – three assists in the last three games
THE KING’S REIGN: Henrik Lundqvist is one of four active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9), and is the only goaltender with an active streak of eight straight 20-win seasons
Was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, the fifth time in his eight-year career he has been voted a finalist for the award which he won in 2012
Finished last season tied for the league lead with 24 wins, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to lead the league in wins since Mike Richter in 1993-94 (42)
Passed Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs) with a 20-save shutout in last season’s finale against New Jersey, the 51st total shutout of his career
The Blueshirts’ netminder has captured Rangers’ MVP honors for a franchise record, seven consecutive years. His seven Rangers’ MVP awards are also a franchise record, passing Brian Leetch (six) for the most in franchise history.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Marc Staal – 2 points from 100th NHL career
INJURIES: Carl Hagelin (IR – 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 5; Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 8
Oct. 15 – Recalled forward J.T. Miller and goaltender Cam Talbot from Hartford (AHL)
Oct. 15 – Assigned forward Arron Asham and goaltender Martin Biron to Hartford (AHL)
Photo by G. Fiume/Getty Images.